What you need to know
- Samsung has rolled out a new monthly security update for the Galaxy Note 9.
- The 4-year-old smartphone’s Verizon variant has received the security patch from March 2022.
- It’s surprising to see the device still get updates after it was removed from Samsung’s monthly update cycle last year.
Samsung downgraded the Galaxy Note 9 to a quarterly update plan in September last year, but it looks like the device will still get monthly security patches anyway.
The 4-year-old phone should theoretically have received security updates every three months since then, but its Verizon variant was quietly addressed to the March 2022 security patch level last week. Droid Life first discovered the change.
A closer look at Verizon’s software update page for the Galaxy Note 9 reveals that this is not the first security update the device has received since switching to a quarterly cycle. The handset also received security patches in January and February, with both January 2022 and February 2022 security patches on tow.
The latest update has the build number QP1A.190711.020.N960USQS9FVC5, but it is only for Verizon’s Galaxy Note 9. However, it is not unlikely that other versions will soon have the same patch level.
Aside from the March security update, the latest release does not appear to contain any significant improvements.
Nevertheless, Samsung still deserves a pat on the back for continuing to push monthly updates to one of its best Android phones back in 2018, even if it is not necessary.